2024 Belmont At The Big A Spring-Summer Meet at OTB

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NYRA Press Release
Updated: March 26, 2024

Belmont at the Big A Spring-Summer Schedule | May 2 - July 7

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced the stakes schedule for the 2024 Belmont at the Big A spring/summer meet, which will open Thursday, May 2 and include 32 stakes worth more than $6.6 million in total purses.

As announced in December, the ongoing construction of a new and re-imagined Belmont Park will require significant adjustments to the customary NYRA schedule. Most notably, the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be held at Saratoga Race Course from June 6-9. In addition, the spring/summer and fall meets traditionally held at Belmont will take place at Aqueduct Racetrack in 2024.

Differences between the circumference of Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack will require slight distance changes to a number of races to be contested during the Belmont at the Big A spring/summer meet.

On the turf, five races previously run at seven-furlongs [Elusive Quality, Soaring Softly, Paradise Creek, NYSSS Cupecoy's Joy, NYSSS Spectacular Bid] will be contested at six-furlongs. In addition, both the Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational and Grade 1 Fasig-Tipton Belmont Oaks Invitational will be contested at 1 3/16-miles on turf rather than the customary 1 1/4-miles. On the main track, the Grade 2 Brooklyn will be run at 11 furlongs rather than the traditional 12 furlongs.

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The meet's stakes action kicks off on the May 2 Opening Day card with the $100,000 Affirmed Success for older New York-breds sprinting six furlongs. Graded action at the meet begins the following day with a pair of Grade 3 contests slated for Friday, May 3 in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay for older fillies and mares going 1 3/8 miles on the turf and the $175,000 Westchester for older horses traveling a one-turn mile.

Saturday, May 4 will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Fort Marcy at nine furlongs on the turf for older horses, the Grade 2, $200,000 Ruffian at a one-turn mile for older fillies and mares, and the Listed $150,000 Elusive Quality for older horses. Three more stakes events will close out the weekend on Sunday, May 5 with the Grade 3, $175,000 Beaugay at 1 1/16-miles on turf for older fillies and mares, and two six-furlong Listed events in the $150,000 License Fee for older filly and mare turf specialists and the $150,000 Gold Fever for sophomores.

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Saturday, May 11, will feature the Grade 2, $400,000 Man o' War for older horses traveling 1 3/8 miles on the turf; the Grade 3, $200,000 Peter Pan for sophomores going nine furlongs - the traditional local prep for the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes - and the Grade 3, $175,000 Runhappy at six furlongs for older horses. The weekend concludes with the Grade 3, $175,000 Soaring Softly for sophomore fillies on the turf on Sunday, May 12.

The Grade 3, $175,000 Vagrancy for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs will be run on Saturday, May 18 with the Listed $150,000 Paradise Creek for sophomores to follow on Sunday, May 19. The Grade 2, $200,000 Pennine Ridge for sophomores going nine furlongs on the turf will be held Saturday, May 25 followed by the Grade 2, $200,000 Wonder Again at nine furlongs for sophomore fillies on Monday, May 27.

After a nearly two week hiatus from Aqueduct for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga Race Course, spring/summer meet stakes action will resume on Friday, June 14 with the $150,000 NYSSS Cupecoy's Joy for eligible state-sired sophomore turf fillies.

The Grade 2, $200,000 Bed o' Roses for older fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs will headline the Saturday, June 15 program followed by the $150,000 Spectacular Bid division of the NYSSS for eligible state-sired sophomores on the turf on Sunday, June 16.

The Listed $150,000 Wild Applause for sophomore fillies going one-mile on turf will be run on Saturday, June 22 before older New York-bred fillies and mares take center stage on Sunday, June 23 for the six-furlong $125,000 Dancin Renee. Sophomore turf specialists will take on the one-mile Grade 3, $250,000 Manila on Saturday, June 29.

Closing Week of the spring/summer meet kicks off on Thursday, July 4 with the Grade 3, $175,000 Victory Ride for sophomore fillies sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs and the Listed $150,000 Perfect Sting for older fillies and mares going one mile on the lawn. Friday, July 5 will provide a new place on the racing calendar for the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn, a marathon for older horses traditionally run on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

A stakes-laden program on Saturday, July 6 will feature four graded events led by a pair of Grade 1s on the turf in the $750,000 Belmont Derby Invitational for sophomores and the $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Belmont Oaks Invitational for sophomore fillies. These prestigious contests will be supported by the Grade 2, $200,000 John A. Nerud for older horses sprinting seven furlongs and the Grade 3, $200,000 Dwyer for sophomores going one mile.

The meet's stakes action concludes on Closing Day, Sunday, July 7, with a pair of $125,000 New York-bred turf tests in the one-mile Hudson Valley for older horses and the 1 1/16-mile Port Washington for older fillies and mares.

2024 Belmont At The Big A OTB Schedule

Date Horse Race Grade Purse Age/Sex Distance
May 2 Affirmed Success Stakes   $100,000 4&up 6f Dirt
May 3 Sheepshead Bay Stakes III $200,000 4&up f/m 11f Turf
May 3 Westchester Stakes III $175,000 4&up 8f Dirt
May 4 Elusive Quality Stakes   $150,000 4&up 6f Turf
May 4 Fort Marcy Stakes II $200,000 4&up 9f Turf
May 4 Ruffian II $200,000 4&up f/m 8f Dirt
May 5 Beaugay Stakes III $175,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf
May 5 Gold Fever Stakes   $150,000 3yo 6f Dirt
May 5 License Fee Stakes   $150,000 4&up f/m 6f Turf
May 11 Man o' War II $400,000 4&up 11f Turf
May 11 Peter Pan Stakes III $200,000 3yo 9f Dirt
May 11 Runhappy Stakes III $175,000 4&up 6f Dirt
May 12 Soaring Softly Stakes III $175,000 3yo f 6f Turf
May 18 Vagrancy III $175,000 4&up f/m 6.5f Dirt
May 19 Paradise Creek Stakes   $150,000 3yo 6f Turf
May 25 Pennine Ridge II $200,000 3yo 9f Turf
May 27 Wonder Again II $200,000 3yo f 9f Turf
Jun 14 New York Stallion Stakes   $150,000 3yo f 6f Turf
Jun 15 Bed o' Roses II $200,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt
Jun 16 New York Stallion Stakes   $150,000 3yo 6f Turf
Jun 22 Wild Applause   $150,000 3yo f 8f Turf
Jun 23 Dancin Renee Stakes   $125,000 4&up f/m 6f Dirt
Jun 29 Manila III $250,000 3yo 8f Turf
Jul 4 Perfect Sting Stakes   $150,000 4&up f/m 8f Turf
Jul 4 Victory Ride Stakes III $175,000 3yo f 6.5f Dirt
Jul 5 Brooklyn Stakes II $200,000 4&up 11f Dirt
Jul 6 Belmont Derby Invitational I $750,000 3yo 9.5f Turf
Jul 6 Dwyer Stakes III $200,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Jul 6 Fasig-Tipton Belmont Oaks Invitational I $500,000 3yo f 9.5f Turf
Jul 6 John A. Nerud II $200,000 4&up 7f Dirt
Jul 7 Hudson Valley Stakes   $125,000 4&up 8f Turf
Jul 7 Port Washington Stakes   $125,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf
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